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Monday 5 December 2016

Editorial: Bus syringe incident is shocking

The man fills his syringe and then injects himself in the arm in front of shocked passengers on the bus
The man fills his syringe and then injects himself in the arm in front of shocked passengers on the bus

Images from a Bus Eireann bus, revealed today by this newspaper, will shock all commuters.

The photographs show a man on a bus producing a syringe and other drug paraphernalia and preparing to inject himself with a substance.

Not only are the images stomach-churning, but they are also frightening.

Since when has coming face to face with menacing behaviour such as this become a factor of commuter travel?

In this instance the bus completed its journey and its passengers, while shocked, reached their destinations safely.

But who’s to say that this won’t occur on another bus bound for a commuter county today? Or tomorrow? Or next week?

These images show us how the slow creep of drug use in Dublin’s city centre is now spreading.

Drug users clearly feel comfortable injecting openly, on streets and – as we have revealed – on buses.

Where will this stop?

 

Tourism increase is to be welcomed

Tourism is worth upwards of €5.7bn annually to the Irish economy, with the sector employing 200,000 people.

That’s why it’s a vital factor in the national recovery.

It’s also why the latest CSO figures on the sector are hugely encouraging.

Ireland hosted 407,000 more overseas visitors in the first half of this year compared to 2014, an increase of 12pc.

Numbers from North America rose 15pc and mainland Europe 13pc.

These increases will mean increased revenue for businesses and the Exchequer in 2015, as well as an increase in jobs in the sector.

The worldwide recovery from the recession of recent years is no doubt behind this – but so are pro-active moves such as our cutting the Air Travel Tax to zero.

If the trend continues we can expect a bumper year for Irish tourism.

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